Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
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Rain delayed the game nearly three hours in the bottom of the fifth inning, which ended the starters' outings earlier than planned.
Boston's Alfredo Aceves went five innings, allowing only three hits and one run.
Chris Archer threw 4.2 innings for the Rays, surrendering five hits, walking five batters and giving up four runs in the process.
The Red Sox led 4-1 at the time of the delay and added an insurance run in the sixth inning when Shane Victorino tripled to to right field.
Tampa Bay has now dropped five of its last six games.
The first game of the doubleheader marked the MLB debut of Wil Myers, one of Tampa Bay's top prospects. Myers was hitless in four at-bats with one strikeout at Fenway Park.
The nightcap of this AL East doubleheader is important for both teams since the top four teams in the division are so close to each other in the standings.
Doubront pitched five innings and ultimately earned a no-decision as the Red Sox won in Tampa Bay on May 16. He is 2-1 in his career against Tampa Bay with a 3.91 ERA.
Boston has lost five of the last eight games in which the Venezuelan lefty has started.
Odorizzi is in his first season with the Rays, and he will make his fifth career start tonight. The 23-year-old native of Breese, Ill. has allowed 17 hits and 11 earned runs in 12.1 innings this season. Tonight will be his first appearance against the Boston Red Sox and only his third time pitching on the road.
The first pitch for Game 2 is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET.
Stay tuned with Bleacher Report for live reactions, updates and analysis.
The Boston Red Sox completed the sweep of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays with a walk-off home run by Jonny Gomes.
After winning Game 1 5-1 after a three-hour rain delay, the Red Sox turned around and allowed just four hits in Game 2. Felix Doubront had the best start of his career by going eight innings, allowing just three hits and striking out six batters.
He got 17 consecutive batters out and was lined up to earn the win before Boston reliever Andrew Bailey gave up a game-tying home run to Kelly Johnson in the top of the ninth inning.
Gomes, who did not play in Game 1 and started Game 2 0-3, proved to be the hero. Daniel Nava walked to lead off the inning and Gomes followed up with a monstrous drive to left field, just inside the foul pole.
With the victory, Boston improved to 44-29 and Tampa Bay fell to 36-35. The Red Sox now have the second best record in baseball behind the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston is 9-2 against Tampa Bay this season.
It's good to see Jonny Gomes recognize Jerrod Saltalamacchia playing 18 innings behind the plate tonight.
"It's awesome. Thank God for Dunkin' Donuts coffee, right?"--Johnny Gomes
Jonny Gomes hit a walk-off, two-run home run to give Boston the 3-1 win!
Jonny Gomes may not be the most talented player but if I'm the G.M. or owner of a team, he's on it.
Daniel Nava walked on five pitches. That is only the third walk Boston has drawn today.
Joel Peralta is now pitching for the Rays in the bottom of the ninth.
Daniel Nava will lead off in the bottom of the ninth. He accounted for Boston's only run with a solo home run in the second inning.
Iglesias dove towards the gap, got up and threw to second to beat Zobrist for the third out. It's the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at one.
Zobrist walked and Longoria is up to bat with two outs.
This game could go for a while in extra innings. Both teams have pitched well and struggled offensively.
And on cue, Kelly Johnson hit a solo home run to right field and Doubront can no longer earn the win after a great outing.
Andrew Bailey is in the game for Boston. I think Felix Doubront should have been given a shot at the ninth inning.
We head to the ninth. This game was flown by. It's been 2:14 since first pitch.
David Ortiz just hit a ball right at Ben Zobrist in shallow right field. The shift paid off once again.
Bailey is warming up in the bullpen for Boston.
Peter Gammons just reference a game when he paid $.05 for a subway ticket. I paid $12 to get to downtown Boston this afternoon.
Give Felix Doubront the game ball.
Doubront takes the Red Sox to the bottom of the eighth with a 1-0 lead.
Doubront just got his sixth strikeout of the game. If he keeps up his consecutive outs streak, we'll see him in the ninth.
A pitchers' duel may not always be exciting to watch on TV but it's high quality baseball.
Doubront hasn't thrown more than 13 pitches in any inning. He's never lasted until the eighth inning in his career.
On to the eighth inning. Only nine hits tonight thanks to good pitching and defense.
Game 2 could be shorter than Game 1's rain delay.
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